The Review of Clear Cell Type of Epithelial Ovarian Cancers


  • Coşan Terek
  • Yılmaz Dikmen
  • Volkan Turan
  • Aydın Özsaran
  • Osman Zekioğlu
  • Necmettin Özdemir

Turk J Obstet Gynecol 2012;9(3):129-132


To review the characteristics, clinical management and survival of clear cell type of epithelial ovarian cancers

Material and Methods:

Between the dates of Jabuary 1994 ve September 2007, 63 patients diagnosed with clear cell type epithelial overian cancer in Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Ege University Faculty of Medicine was included in the study. The age of the patients, surgical stage at the time of diagnosis, histopathological diagnoses after and the survival of the patients were reviewed. Complete data was present for 18 cases.


Thirty-two patients had pure clear cell carcinoma (12 of them bilateral), clear cell and endometrioid in 12 cases, clear cell and mucinous in 2 cases, clear cell and serous in 11 cases ( 2 of them bilateral). In 6 patients clear cell, serous and endometriod types existed together. The mean age of the 18 patients with complete data was 55.5 years. Ten patients were at stage 1 after surgical staging while 8 patients stage 3. All the patients received chemotherapy after the surgery. When the patients were evaluated by the stage, 60% of stage 1 patients and 12.5% of stage 3 patients were alive at the end of 5 years.


Early stage clear cell type epithelial ovarian cancers have the same survival like other epithelial ovarian cancer types, worse survival rates are seen in advanced stages.

Keywords: Clear cell, ovarian cancer, chemotherapy